Sachin shines for India
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sachin Tendulkar made a half-century as India built up a 56-run lead over England.
Second npower Test Match
Trent Bridge - Day Two
England 198 (Z Khan 4-59) v India 254-3 (K D Karthik 77, W Jaffer 62, S R Tendulkar 57 no)
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Sachin Tendulkar made an unbeaten half-century as India built up a 56-run first innings lead over a hard-working England attack on day two at Trent Bridge.
After getting England all out for a below-par 198 in the morning session, India's openers Wasim Jaffer (62) and Dinesh Karthik (77) made their way up to 147 before the fall of the first wicket.
It was the highest opening stand put together by an Indian pair in England since the Oval Test in 1979, and provided skipper Rahul Dravid (37) and Tendulkar (57 not out) with a fine platform to build on.
England's bowlers then worked tirelessly in the swing-assisting conditions but simply could not make the crucial breakthrough, with James Anderson, Ryan Sidebottom and Paul Collingwood all going wicketless.
A combination of ill fortune, bad leg before wicket decisions and a dropped catch from Ian Bell prevented any earlier inroads as India closed in on 150.
Tremlett made England's first breakthrough though, getting Jaffer caught behind off a sharply rising delivery just before tea and the Hampshire ace bowled superbly on his way to figures of one for 32 off 20 overs.
Monty Panesar raised England hopes with the first ball after tea, getting Karthik caught bat-pad by Cook, which brought two new batsmen together at the crease.
But Tendulkar and Dravid then set about closing in on England's first innings total as they built a 97-run partnership.
Despite being rattled early on by a fearsome delivery from Anderson, which dented the number four batsman's grill, Tendulkar recovered to show his class.
His captain came and went as Panesar coaxed an uppish drive into Bell's hands at a close cover position.
But Tendulkar showed true grit and touch, surpassing 11,000 Test runs to move third in the top Test run-scorers' list, behind Brian Lara and Allan Border, and begin to take the game away from England.
Earlier in the day, England had resumed on 169-7 before Sidebottom (18 not out) and Tremlett (20) managed to help push the hosts up to 198 all out.
The ever-probing Anil Kumble finished with three for 32, bowling Tremlett and Anderson, while the most impressive of the seam bowlers, Zaheer Khan, finished with four wickets for 59.
England will need to make early in-roads on day three if they are to save the match and possibly the series.